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Definition difficult (requiring hard work)
  • spent many laborious hours on the project
laborious = difficult
  • who still sat laboriously struggling for breath
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • laboriously = with difficulty (requiring hard work)
  • "You've cut off your hair?" asked Jim, laboriously, as if he had not arrived at that patent fact yet even after the hardest mental labor.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • laboriously = with difficulty
  • He moved slowly, the heaviness in his chest seeming to seep into his limbs, making every step laborious and painful.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He was digging in his garden–digging, too, in his own mind, laboriously turning up the substance of his thought.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Unredeemed by shared tenderness, the time was spent in laborious gropings, pullings, yankings and jerkings.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • The course lay up the ascent, and still continued hazardous and laborious.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • That involves typing in a phonetic version of each Chinese word and having it converted to the Chinese character, a very laborious process.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • He was stark naked and the mud was cold, so he pulled himself up and laboriously climbed the bank.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • After my laborious conquest, I've distanced myself a little from the situation, but you mustn't think my love has cooled.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Long and laborious study will be needed to acquire a competent knowledge of them.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • His colleague smiled, but then rose with a sigh, laboriously put on his jacket, and signed to Elinor to follow him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • As for Passepartout, his face was as red as the sun's disc when it sets in the mist, and he laboriously inhaled the biting air.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He walked with her back to the chateau; the curfew had tolled for the laborious villagers of Fleurieres, and the street was unlighted and empty.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I design to secrete it in the wall of the chimney, where I have slowly and laboriously made a place of concealment for it.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • He clambered laboriously onto the railing and dropped down onto the other side of it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • Scarlett was sitting downstairs, laboriously copying faces from the manga she had been reading onto scrap paper.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • From time to time they get up, unbuckling themselves laboriously, and hobble to the back of the plane, to smoke cigarettes and line up for the washroom.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • Haji Ali, slowed by age, knelt laboriously to touch the simple stone placed above the spot where Sakina had been buried facing Mecca.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • So on Friday of Valentine's week, four of the girls and I laboriously fluttered and putted in choppy waters toward the landing in Bluffton.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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